Champions League, Bundesliga: Bayern loses, Dortmund and Schalke draw

Champions League, Bundesliga: Bayern loses, Dortmund and Schalke draw

Dortmund : Germany | Oct 03, 2012 at 2:47 PM PDT
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Champions League Matchday 2 provided a few surprises and most of the established clubs won their matches, while FC Bayern Muenchen took a devastating loss against the Belaruse champion BATA Borisov. Dortmund played a classic soccer match against Manchester City, where goalkeepers for both sides provided some excellent performances. The match ended in a draw. Schalke 04, which went behind early, recovered and moved ahead by one goal, but the match ended 2-2.

BATE Borisov - FC Bayern 1-3

Bayern, which had won nine nine matches in a row, since their devasatating loss agains Chelsea in the Champions League final and the loss to Borussia Dortmund in the German Federaton Cup, was widely epecte to win the match against Borislov.

The Bayern stars, with their most successful start in the Bunesliga, did not have Lady luck on their side. Alesiandre Pavlov moved BATE ahead with a shot from ten meters, after a pass that initiated by Marco Simic from the right flank of the penalty area. The first half ended with the 1-0 deficit for Bayern and all bets were still on the Bayern stars.

The mood of fans changed in the 78th minute, Edgar Olekhnovich, with a double pass openende a lane for Vitali Rodionov, who blasted the ball past Manuel Neuer from six meters for the 2-0 lead.

With 12 minutes remaining, hope was still alive, but it took until one minute into injury time when Shaquri passed to Ribery, who had a clear shot and lobbed the ball over the Borisov's keeper. With a scoreline of 2-1 for the home team, not much time remainded for an equalizer.

Borisov, however was not done yet. Four minutes into injury time Dmitri Mozolevski moved the ball through th midfield and saw Renan Bressan, who had move up with him. Bressan placed the ball just under the crossbar to defeat Manual Neuer.

The loss will mean that Bayern needs to go back to the drawing board if they are to move past the group stage. The loss puts Munich into third place Group F behind Borisov and Valencia.

Schalke 04 vs Montpellier 2-2

Ait Fana put Montpellier into the lead after 13 minutes, but Schalke responded with a Draxler goal in the 26th minute. The score remained at 1-1 at half time.

Huntelaar got the go ahead goal in the 53rd minute and it looked like a Schalke win right to the end of the game. But it wasn't to be, when Soulemayne Camara fired a shot from 18 minutes into the corner of the net for a 2-2 draw.

Schalke moves into second place in Group B, with one win and a draw, behind Arsenal, which has two wins and six points.

Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund 1-1

Both Manchester City and Dortmund played text book soccer, with short on touch passes and both teams using imagination to break past the opponents defence. Both keepers, Roman Weidenfeller (Dortmund) and Joe Hart put in top notch performances. The first half was reflective of the performance of both teams and ended 0-0, in large part due to the keepers.

Marcos Reus broke the tie in the 61st minute, when Rodgwell tried a pass to Kompany. Reus, staying alert intercepted the pass, races past both defenders, beating Joe Hart, for the 1-0 lead.

Manchester City was handed a gift in the 90th minute, when Subotic blocked a ball with his upper arm. While it might have been a harsh call, the referee called a handball and the subsequent penatly kick. Batoletti converted the kick into a goal for the 1-1 draw, disappointing end for the Borussen, but a lifeline to Manchester City.

Borussia Dortmund moves into second place of Group D behind Real Madrid and ahead of City with four points.

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